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Jazz: Essential Jazz Albums

Information on jazz styles, theory, arranging, textbooks, composers, performers, and more

Jazz Albums Everyone Should Know



Original Release Date


Jazz Style

Listening Lab Number

Bird & Diz

Bird & Diz cover 1952 Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie Bebop Get It

Bitches Brew

Bitches Brew cover 1970 Miles Davis Jazz Fusion / Avant-Garde 40577

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady cover 1963 Charles Mingus Avant-Garde Get It

Blue Interlude

1992 Wynton Marsalis Neo-Bop Get It

Concert by the Sea

1955 Erroll Garner Piano Get It

The Creators of Jazz

The Creators of Jazz cover 2001 The Original Dixieland Jazz Band Dixieland  

Ella & Louis

Ella & Louis cover 1956 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Vocal 8811

European Concert

European Concert cover 1962 Modern Jazz Quartet Bop / Mainstream Get It

The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra

1961 Sun Ra Bop Get It


Getz/Gilberto cover 1963 Stan Getz Bossa Nova

Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers

Horace Silver & the Jazz Messengers cover 1955 Horace Silver Hard Bop Get It

Idle Moments

Idle Moments cover 1964 Grant Green Hard Bop Get It

Kind of Blue

Kind of Blue cover 1959 Miles Davis Modal Get It

The Köln Concert

The Köln Concert cover 1975 Keith Jarrett Piano Get It

Live at Blues Alley

Live at Blues Alley cover 1987 Wynton Marsalis Post Bop / Neo-Bop  

A Love Supreme

1964 John Coltrane Post Bop / Modal 77

Mingus Ah Um

Mingus Ah Um cover 1959 Charles Mingus Post-Bop Get It

A Night at Birdland

A Night at Birdland cover 1954 Art Blakey Hard Bop 81521

Open Sesame

Open Sesame cover 1960 Freddie Hubbard Hard Bop  

Sax Pax for a Sax

1997 Moondog Avant-Garde  

The Shape of Jazz to Come

The Shape of Jazz to Come cover 1959 Ornette Coleman Avant-Garde 1317

Somethin' Else

Somethin' Else cover 1958 Cannonball Adderley Hard Bop / Bebop 81595


Subconscious-Lee cover 1950 Lee Konitz Cool Jazz / Bop Instrumental Music
- K (CD)

Sunday at the Village Vanguard

1961 Bill Evans Modal / Post Bop Get It

Takin' Off

Takin' Off cover 1962 Herbie Hancock Hard Bop / Modal Get It

Time Out

Time Out cover 1959 Dave Brubeck Cool Jazz 8192